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ESPM 1901: Freshman Seminar

Fall Semester, 2008
U of MN, Twin Cities

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Writing Resources
Find more information on writing your paper, from consultants to the Assignment Calculator.
  • Assignment Calculator
    Enter in the deadline for your research paper or assignment and get a suggested time-line for completing your assignment on time plus links to the resources on campus that will help you succeed in each step of the research and writing process.
  • Center for Writing, U of M
    The Student Writing Center offers assistance with writing projects. You can make an appointment or go to one of the Writing Center sites for tutoring.
  • Magrath Library SMART Learning Commons
    Located just inside Magrath Library, the SMART Learning Commons provides learning support services such as workshops on academic skills development and personalized drop-in Peer Learning Consultants. Peer Learning Consultants offer one-on-one assistance as well as group support for help in: Mathematics (Algebra, Calculus); Science (Chemistry, Biology, Microbiology, Plant and Physics); Statistics; Economics; Writing (both online and in-person support); German; and Library research. The Commons also hosts short introductory workshops in Excel and Powerpoint; Academic Services; and Library resources.
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    • Citation Manager Tools Authentication Required
      Citation managers are software packages used to create personalized databases of citation information and notes. They allow you to: import and organize citation information from article indexes and other sources save links to pdfs and other documents, and in some cases save the document itself format citations for your papers and bibliographies using APA and many other styles include your own notes
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Undergraduate Virtual Library
Access to University Libraries information, catalog, resources, and services - geared to the needs of undergraduates.
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  • Library Catalog
    Search MNCAT, the libraries' catalog, to find books, journals, etc. owned by the library. Search by keyword, subject, title, or author for materials on your topic. [To search for articles on a topic, see Indexes, below]
  • E-Journals are available online for many titles.
    -- If you have a specific citation and know the journal title (not the article title), you can search the E-Journal page or MNCAT to determine whether that journal is available electronically.
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  • Magrath Library
    Books, journals and government publications in agriculture; horticulture; biological sciences; human ecology; design, housing and apparel; vocational education; food science and nutrition; family social science; rural sociology; and agricultural and applied economics.
  • Andersen Horticultural Library
    Non-circulating collection on horticulture and gardening, with emphasis on the upper Midwest. Located at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, approx. 9 miles west of I-494 on State Highway 5. The admission fee for entry into the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is waived for people exclusively using the Library.
  • Forestry Library
    Books, journals, government publications, maps on forestry, forest products, outdoor recreation, range management, and remote sensing.
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INDEXES: Find articles in your topic area
Journal articles, conference papers, book chapters, etc.
  • Academic Search Premier Authentication Required
    This resource is licensed by the MINITEX Library Information Network with state appropriations from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) and the Minnesota Department of Education.
    The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier provides full text for nearly 4,600 scholarly publications, including full text for more than 3,600 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage spans virtually every area of academic study and offers information dating as far back as 1975. Basic truncation symbol is the asterisk: *.
  • AGRICOLA (Ovid) Authentication Required
    Search here to find citations and abstracts for articles from over 600 periodicals, as well as USDA and state experiment station and extension publications, and selected books on agriculture, animal husbandry, animal and human nutrition, forestry, plant pathology, plant science, human ecology, agricultural economics, rural sociology. Basic truncation symbol is the dollar sign: $.

    To search simultaneously with CAB Abstracts, go to AGRICOLA then click on the "Change Database" link on the upper left, then checkmark both databases.

  • CAB Abstracts Plus Full Text Select Authentication Required
    CAB Abstracts covers agriculture in its broadest sense, including crop production, forestry, horticulture, environment, animal health and nutrition, veterinary science, agricultural engineering, biotechnology, soil and water, agricultural economics, recreation and tourism, rural sociology, and human nutrition and health. Indexes journal articles, monographs, conferences, and other primary literature.Basic truncation symbol is the dollar sign: $.

    To search simultaneously with AGRICOLA, go to CAB Abstracts then click on the "Change Database" link on the upper left, then checkmark both databases.

  • Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management Database
    This database provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary coverage of the environmental sciences. Abstracts and citations are drawn from over 6000 sources including scientific journals, conference proceedings, reports, monographs, books and government publications. Incorporates Pollution Abstracts, Water Resources Abstracts, and other specialized databases. Basic truncation symbol is the asterisk: *.
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  • Garden, Landscape & Horticulture Index Authentication Required
    A resource for access to articles about gardens and plants. Topics include horticulture, botany, garden and landscape design & history, ecology, plant and garden conservation, garden management, and horticultural therapy. This index and abstract product is designed for gardening enthusiasts, professionals, and students of horticulture and of garden and landscape design & history. Indexed and abstracted are more than 430 core titles, the majority of which are published in English. Basic truncation symbol is the asterisk: *.
  • Google U.S. Government Search
    Google's Government Search appears to search the vast majority of government websites. It certainly includes all *.gov, *.state.*.us, *.mil and some *.org sites.
  • Web of Science Authentication Required
    Search within a comprehensive interdisciplinary collection of journal article citations. Subjects generally covered are within Science and technology, arts and humanities, and social sciences . Use the citation web to find articles and journals with the most impact. Coverage runs from 1975 to the present. Find help on their website.
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Library Services: Getting Items, QuickStudy, Workshops
  • Borrowing Services
    From this page you may access information about University Libraries' borrowing policies, and services for renewing and recalling library materials.
  • Get It
    Get It Simplified book delivery for University of Minnesota Twin Cities patrons. Items must have six week loan periods or longer to be eligible for Get It requesting, or be available electronically. Simply click on the Get It button from the MNCAT catalog record.
  • Interlibrary Loan
    Interlibrary Loan is a free service for University students, faculty, and staff with current borrowing privileges. This service is provided by the University of Minnesota Libraries to promote coursework and scholarly research by providing access to materials not held by the University Twin Cities campus Libraries.
  • Workshops
    Free and open workshops help students, faculty, and staff with the various challenges as they face doing research at the University.
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Extension Websites
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Have a Question? How to Get Help
  • Magrath Library Reference Service
    1984 Buford Ave. Walk-in Reference hours: Monday-Friday, 9 am to 8 pm, Saturday, 1 to 4 pm. Telephone: 612-624-1212. E-mail:

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